13 days in Azores, Porto & Lisbon Itinerary

13 days in Azores, Porto & Lisbon Itinerary

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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
— 5 nights
— 4 nights
— 2 nights


Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel — 5 nights

As the busy capital of São Miguel, Ponta Delgada represents the most visited place on the island. Known for its historical buildings, the city offers 17th- and 18th-century convents and churches, as well as cobbled pedestrian streets and hidden squares.
Visiting Caldeira das Sete Cidades and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Centro de Monitorizacao e Investigacao das Furnas and Igreja do Santo Cristo. Venture out of the city with trips to Furnas (Parque Terra Nostra & Poca Da Dona Beija). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa do Fogo, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Santa Barbara, and take some stellar pictures from Plantacoes de Cha Gorreana.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ponta Delgada trip website.

Philadelphia, USA to Ponta Delgada is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Ponta Delgada due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Philadelphia in July, with highs in Ponta Delgada at 75°F and lows at 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Porto.
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Porto — 4 nights

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Mindelo Beach and Praia do Carneiro. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ribeira do Porto and Palacio da Bolsa. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Torre dos Clerigos, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and enjoy the sand and surf at Praia dos Ingleses.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Porto journey website.

Getting from Ponta Delgada to Porto by flight takes about 3 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ponta Delgada to Porto due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ponta Delgada in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 58°F in Porto. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to fly to Lisbon.
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Lisbon — 2 nights

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da ursa, tour the water at your own pace with Nosso Tejo, and then step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, then make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa, and finally wander the streets of Alfama.

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You can fly from Porto to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Porto in August, you will find days in Lisbon are somewhat warmer (86°F), and nights are about the same (63°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.
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Azores travel guide

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Mountain Island
Composed of nine volcanic islands scattered in the Atlantic some 1,300 km (850 mi) west of continental Portugal, the Azores represent one of Europe's remotest vacation destinations. Settled sporadically over a span of several centuries, the islands in this archipelago retain much of their isolated feel, each one boasting its own distinct culture, dialect, and cuisine. Long overlooked by even the most adventurous travelers, the islands now surprise a growing number of visitors with their lavish natural beauty, good roads, and hospitable towns providing comfortable accommodations and modern amenities. Place the island of Pico at the top of your itinerary to discover Portugal's highest mountain, a picture-perfect volcanic cone rising above a landscape of World Heritage-listed vineyards.